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New Zealand poetry

Ngā Toikupu o Aotearoa

​Distinctive, affecting and joyous, these books profile our lyrical national voice.

Puna wai kōrero

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Two leading Māori scholars collect Māori poetic voices in English and let flow a wellspring of poetry. From both revered established writers and exciting new voices, the poems in Puna Wai Korero offer a broad picture of Māori poetry in English.

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The yellow buoy

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

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Completed in his eightieth year, The Yellow Buoy sees the poet firmly attached to his memories, attuned to his craft and attentive to his world. Here, in classic vein, Catullus returns to receive the ONZ, write to friends and ‘read the world’.

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The lifeguard

Deborah Blumenthal

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Spending the summer at her aunt's beach house, teenaged Sirena struggles with her parents' divorce and falls in love with a mysterious lifeguard.

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The best of best New Zealand poems

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Since 2000, the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems has showcased the most exciting and memorable poetry produced in this country. Here, for the first time, is a selection of this work in book form.

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The radio room

Cilla McQueen

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Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen travels space and time, throwing 'thought-lines' from her present-day corner of the world to the ancient Celtic islands of her ancestors.

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99 ways into New Zealand poetry

Paula Green

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This book celebrates the richness and variety of New Zealand poetry by outlining many of the numerous ways to read - and write - poems. It offers key examples of poetry from our top poets and commentary on what inspired them to write specific works.

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Mirabile dictu

Michele J. Leggott

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Culled from the author's term as poet laureate, this collection delves into both the present and the past, combining poems of today with those of history.

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Vincent O'Sullivan

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A collection of Vincent O'Sullivan's celebrated poetry of the last decade. Forty or so poems from each of four previous volumes are gathered here with forty-four new poems, displaying wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty.

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Fast talking PI

Selina Tusitala. Marsh

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Fast Talking PI is the first 'singular, confident and musical' collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. 'Tusitala' means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community,...

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New New Zealand poets in performance

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From Anne Kennedy to Andrew Johnston, this exciting collection of poetry celebrates the richness of clashing ideas, voices, and genders that combine to make contemporary culture.

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Whetu moana

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An anthology of contemporary indigenous Polynesian poetry in English this book collects poems written since 1980 from more than 60 poets in Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Rotuma.

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Star waka

Robert Sullivan

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This collection of 100 poems by a Māori writer shows a variety of subject and tone but is unified by recurring motifs and a persistent Māori perspective.

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